As reported by The National, Rangers face a battle to land one of their top targets for their newly created Director of Football role, former Tottenham Hotspur man Paul Mitchell.
As we discussed earlier this week, Southampton scouting head Ross Wilson rejected the chance to take up the position at Ibrox, leaving Rangers looking elsewhere after identifying Wilson as their number one choice.
The recruitment drive goes on however and they’re now looking at a number of people including Paul Mitchell, according to The National.
The report says he is now the front runner for the job.
However, Mitchell’s former teammate and former Scotland international Gary Teale reckons the Gers face a fight to land their man.
As quoted by The National, he said:
You don’t get to do the jobs he’s done at the clubs he’s worked at without having great nous, intelligence and acumen. He’s a very bright guy. That is why he is held in such high regard in the game. There are a few clubs that want to talk to him. I don’t know the circumstances behind him leaving Tottenham, but I am sure that ideally they would have wanted to keep him as well.
It’s important that Rangers’ chiefs start delivering their top picks for the job and another rejection could cause more anxiety amongst supporters who are hoping footballing leadership problems are quickly solved at the club.
Mithcell is a former Wigan and MK Dons player who most recently served as Head of Recruitment at Tottenham Hotspur. The followed a similar spell at Southampton on their route back to the Premier League.
Someone with backroom experience at top clubs such as these would undoubtedly be an asset to Rangers who need to recruit players well if they’re to ever challenge Celtic for top honours in Scottish football anytime soon.